California Historical Landmarks in Santa Cruz County
California Historical Landmark 998
184 Old Adobe Road
Rancho San Andréas Castro Adobe
The Castro Adobe is an outstanding example of Monterey Colonial architectural styling. The adobe functioned as a regional social center due to the importance of its location as the governing seat of the Castro family rural empire, which reached across seven land grants to include over a quarter of a million acres.
The Castro Adobe was damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 and was closed to the public when we visited the neighborhood in 2005.
On 19 July 2022, we received some good news from Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks:
"The Castro Adobe near Watsonville is a California State Park. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is nearly finished with the restoration, and much of the furnishings have been placed and other interpretation is in the works. State Parks opens the adobe once a month for tours and it may be open two days a week in the near future. Private tours can also be arranged. School trips can also be arranged."
The Castro Adobe is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Historic Adobe Buildings